I’m pretty sure Jim Kelly tried to punch a bird in the dick in this movie. Birds mostly don’t have dicks, but he damn well tried his best.
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Fifth of the Six Moral Tales
I have deeply mixed feelings about Claire’s Knee, one of Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales. I think the film (and director) knows what an utter fucking bastard the lead, Jerome, is. I know the film thinks he’s a buffoon – the directorial stand-in, Aurora, writer and friend of Jerome, is constantly watching him with a smirk, pushing him toward folly and observing his failures, moral and otherwise. But does the film cut him too…
Classic Doctor Who: Fourth Doctor s13s5
Doctor to Sarah Jane: “You thought I was dead. You’re always making that mistake.”
Body snatchers, vampire/werewolves, mummies, now Frankensteins, as the Doctor fetches up in mad science territory where surgeon Solon is trying to find a perfect head for the displaced brain of evil time lord Morbius (aka the less shitty Morbius). It’s all very gothic, with an Igor-type, a hostile cult of reactionary hippie chicks, a spaceship graveyard, a fabulously goofy monster…
I am genuinely uncertain whether what I just watched was terrible terrible, or hilariously awesomely terrible. And I'm not sure if the director and cast know either. But I wasn't bored.
I attended a screening with a Q&A from director Richard Shepard and stars Alison Williams and Logan Browning, and Shepard said the film was shot in 24 days, cheap and fast, from an idea he developed himself for Williams, and that seems about right. Shepard also said his inspiration…
Man did I dig this specific variant of the Wes Anderson aesthetic, that 1950s soda jerk pink and green set against the Atomic Age sets and desert. The movie itself I enjoyed quite a bit, though it felt a bit too emotionally removed and deliberately surreal to rank among his best for me. But the look of it, and that literal showstopping moment in the middle (you’ll know it when you see it) … 😘
Wes Anderson films ranked here.
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